LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 5305
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London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No. 5305 (British Railways no. 45305) is a preserved British steam locomotive. In preservation, it has carried the name Alderman A.E. Draper, though it never carried this in service.
5305 was built by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, works No 1360. It spent most of its career based in North-West England. After nationalisation in 1948, British Railways renumbered it as 45305.
45305 survived to the last month of steam on British Railways. It was even a candidate for the well known Fifteen Guinea Special which ran on 11 August 1968 but on the night before the trip it was failed with a collapsed firebox brick arch and had to be replaced by engine 45110. 45305 was withdrawn from service at Lostock Hall shed in August of the same year.
45305 was sold to scrap merchants Albert Drapers and Sons Ltd. of Hull. No.5305 became the last locomotive on the scrap line of Drapers of Hull, who broke up 742 former BR locomotives. No.5305 was to have been the 743rd and last, but it was decided to keep it and bring it back to full running order.
Albert Draper was, at the time, the president of Hull Kingston Rovers Rugby League Football Club, and it was his fond wish that No.5305 would one day head a special train from Hull to Wembley, where he hoped the club would be playing in the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final.
No.5305 was put in the care of the Humberside Locomotive Preservation Group and based at Hull Dairycoates MPD where it was eventually brought up to full main line standard.
5305, restored to original LMS livery was steamed again in 1976. In 1984, 5305 was named Alderman A E Draper by the Mayor of Hedon, Bill Tong. A.E. Draper was twice Mayor of Hedon and the Hedon coat of arms is on the nameplates. However, for reasons of authenticity, the engine does not always carry these nameplates.
The locomotive left Hull Dairycoates in April, 1992 on the closure of that shed and went to RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire. It arrived on the preserved Great Central Railway in Leicestershire 20th November, 1996.
5305's boiler certificate expired in December 1994 and it was out of service until August 2003 when it returned to service, this time in BR guise as 45305.
After suffering buffer beam damage at a 2006 Gala, 5305 spent 2006 in use at the GCR before being withdrawn for repairs, which were completed in October 2010. 5305 has now returned to service complete with a new 10 year boiler ticket and renewed mainline certificate.
In 2013, 5305 worked the Liverpool to Longsight and return leg of the Fifteen Guinea Special to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the ending of steam on British Railways on Sunday 11 August 1968. This trip also allowed the ghost of 1968 to finally be put to rest as 45305 had been due to haul that special but was replaced by 45110 the night before the trip due to a collapsed firebox brick arch.
The locomotive is still owned by the scrapyard but is looked after by the 5305 Locomotive Association, the successor to the Humberside Locomotive Preservation Group and remains at the GCR (September 2015 - source GCR Website)